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Out Now: QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings 2018

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The United States has been named as the strongest country in the world for higher education, according to the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings 2018.

Released today, the HESS ranking compares higher education systems around the world and ranks them according to four indicators: System strength (how universities perform in rankings), access (how easily people in that country can gain access to higher education), flagship institution (how well the country's top university performs) and economic context (impact of national investment in higher education).

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the United States achieves a perfect score in each of the four indicators. The United Kingdom is the only other country to rank in the top five for each of the four, while other countries such as Singapore and China perform particularly well in some indicators more than others (in Singapore's case, it's ranked fourth for flagship institution, while China is ranked second for economic context).

75 countries are included in this year's ranking in total, and you can learn more about how it was put together by reading our methodology.

The HESS ranking launches at the same time as the QS Best Student Cities 2018, which assesses the top cities for students around the world. To learn more about this ranking, click here.

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Written by Craig OCallaghan
As Head of Content, Craig is responsible for all articles and guides published across TopUniversities and TopMBA. He has nearly 10 years of experience writing for a student audience and extensive knowledge of universities and study programs around the world.

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